Gabriel Guillén

First Name
Gabriel
Last Name
Guillén
Gabriel Guillén
Job Title
Assistant Professor
Location
400 Pacific D207
Phone
(831)-647-3085
Language(s)
Español
Français

I am passionate about (equal access to) second language learning, social entrepreneurship, web development, applied linguistics, world cinemas, and traveling with a purpose.

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SPLA 8262 - Communication and Society      

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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SPLA 8291 - EvolvngSoc-HispanicCountries      

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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SPLA 8310 - Hispanic Language & Culture I      

Covers Spanish grammatical structures and idioms, combining oral practice and a systematic study of vocabulary. Expression of ideas on discussion topics related to contemporary trends, current events and everyday life.

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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SPLA 8320 - Contemp Language & Culture II      

Continuation of Language and Culture I, review of structures, idiomatic expressions, and features of Hispanic cultures of several regions and countries. Written exercises, frequent oral reports, discussions of current issues from authentic sources.

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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SPLA 8372 - SoclEntrprnrshpInHispanicWorld      

This course will explore the creation and characteristics of organizations that seek the fulfillment of social needs in the Hispanic world. Through readings, in-class discussions, presentations, and a final project, students will develop a better understanding of the topic (emprendedurismo social) while developing interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills in Spanish.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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My main area of expertise is second language development & technology. In particular, my dissertation focuses on Language Learning Social Networks (LLSNs) and the interchange of languages as part of the curriculum. In this field I like to see myself not only as a researcher but also as a practitioner, relentlessly willing to improve and develop spaces and resources for open online language learning. Other areas of research and professional experience include journalism, study abroad, web development, sociolinguistics, and film studies. 

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Recent Accomplishments

Excellence in Teaching Year Award from the UC Davis Department of Spanish & Portuguese. 2013-2014.

Coauthor of iCultura: Multimedia textbook for the intermediate level in Spanish. 2012-2014.

Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores (MAEC) & Asociación Española de Cooperación Internacional y Desarrollo (AECID) Lectureship at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX). 2008-2010. 

Previous Work

Associate Instructor (University of California, Davis): 2010-2014.

Visiting Lecturer (Southern Methodist University): 2008–2010. 

Coordinator for Student Affairs & Integration (Middlebury College in Spain): 2005–2008.

Online Project Manager (Cepal Formación, Spain): 2002–2004.

Journalist (Madrid, Spain): 1997-2007.                

Education

Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics (ABD status). Designated Emphasis on Second Language Acquisition. (University of California, Davis). 2010-2014.    

M.A. in Applied Linguistics for the Teaching of Spanish (University of Antonio de Nebrija, Spain). 2005-2008.

B.A. in Humanities (University of Carlos III, Spain). 1997-2001.

Bibliography 

With Blake, R., Bradley, T., and Comins, D. (2014). iCultura: Multimedia textbook for the intermediate level in Spanish. University of California: Davis.

With Blake, R. Best Practices for an Online Spanish Course. The FLT Magazine. March 20, 2014.

La aplicación que nos quitará el trabajo (mecánico). Huffington Post.  November 2, 2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.es/gabriel-guillen/la-aplicacion-que-nos-quitara_b_4173508.html

El ocio y el negocio de aprender una segunda lengua: estira la red. Huffington Post. September 27, 2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.es/gabriel-guillen/el-ocio-y-el-negocio-de-aprender-lengua_b_3982667.html  

More than 300 articles published in newspapers, magazines, and digital publications (2000-2007). In the last months I have also submitted two articles for publication on peer reviewed journals.

Web projects 

http://www.blogs-exchange.com Community of blogs dedicated to the learning and interchange of languages

http://www.gacetahispanica.com Middlebury College & NYU in Spain academic journal 

 

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Sean Curran

First Name
Sean
Last Name
Curran
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Job Title
Adjunct Faculty
Location
McCone Cubicle 8
Phone
(831)-647-4185
Language(s)
Español

I am passionate about human rights, the ocean, languages, and foreign policy.  

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SPLA 8200 - Intermediate Spanish I      

Summer 2014 Language Programs

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SPLA 8201 - Intermediate Spanish I      

Summer 2014 Language Programs

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SPLA 8216 - Latin America & Its People      

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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SPLA 8291 - EvolvngSoc-HispanicCountries      

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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SPLA 8292 - Topics in the HispanicWorld II      

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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SPLA 8320 - Contemp Language & Culture II      

Continuation of Language and Culture I, review of structures, idiomatic expressions, and features of Hispanic cultures of several regions and countries. Written exercises, frequent oral reports, discussions of current issues from authentic sources.

Fall 2012 - MIIS

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I have completed postgraduate studies in didactics and linguistics in the Spanish Basque Country. I currently teach content-based Spanish language classes related to social justice, history, Latin American history, US-Latin American policy, international trade, economics, and international relations. I learned to speak Spanish and Basque fluently while living in Spain and teaching ESL(English as a Second Language).  Because of my strong belief in both grammar fundamentals and immersion, I also lived and worked in Puerto Rico and Chile--where my love for the ocean and Spanish combined beautifully. 

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Recent Accomplishments

Graduated from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in May 2012

Taught as a Spanish TA at MIIS 2012

Became a Spanish Professor at MIIS in 2013

Surfed Waimea Bay, Hawaii, March 2014

Previous Work

Monterey Institute of International Studies, Custom Language Services: English and Spanish Instructor. Winter 2014-Present

Monterey Institute of International Studies. Summer Intensive Language Program: Tutor and Activity Guide. Summer 2013

Monterey Institute of International Studies. Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education:  Spanish TA. 2012

American Translator’s Association: Spanish-English Translator and Interpreter. 2005-2010.

Home School Instructor. 9th Grade, Bilingual Education. Isabela, Puerto Rico. 2007.

Elduaien Language Academy: Professor of English Language. San Sebastián, Spain. 2004-2006.

Colegio Erain: Professor of English Language and Spanish Literature.  Irún, Spain. 2003.

Education

2012 The Monterey Institute of International Studies: M.A., International Policy Studies.

2005 The University of the Basque Country: Psicodidáctica de la lengua y la literatura. 

2002 University of California, San Diego, B.A., English and Spanish Literature.

1998 Loyola High School of Los Angeles, Jesuit College Preparatory. 


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Valentina Freeman

First Name
Valentina
Last Name
Freeman
Valentina Freeman, Picture
Location
McCone Building Cubicle H
Phone
831-647-8108
Language(s)
Русский

I specialize in Russian language and culture, teaching courses such as Contemporary Russian Politics and Russia in Transition. As an Associate Professor, I have taught Russian Studies at the Defense Language Institute and served as a Branch Chief of the Russian Arms Control Speaking Proficiency Course (RACSPC) and Resident Post-Basic Russian Program at Continuing Education, DLIFLC. From 1998 to 2013, I instructed and supervised the instruction of more than 600 DTRA (Defense Threat Reduction Agency) interpreters from the four military services.

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Russian Language and Culture; Pedagogy; Contemporary Russian politics.

Education 

Master of Arts, Teacher of English Language: Kiev State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages (new name: Kiev State Pedagogical University of Foreign Languages), Kiev, Ukraine  

Master of Science, Teacher of Physics: Leningrad State Pedagogical Institute (new name: St. Petersburg State Pedagogical University), St. Petersburg, Russia.

Abdelkader Berrahmoun

First Name
Abdelkader
Last Name
Berrahmoun
abdelkader-berrahmoun
Job Title
Assistant Professor, Summer Intensive Arabic Language Coordinator
Location
IIRC Building 2
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone
831-647-6500
Language(s)
العربية
Français

Abdelkader Berrahmoun hails from Oran, Algeria in North Africa. After completing a B.A. in Philosophy from Oran University in 1991, he left Algeria to pursue a master’s degree at Creteil University in Paris, France.

Expertise

Pedagogy of language acquisition, integration of technology and cultural studies into the language curriculum, conflict and peace in the MENA (Middle East-North Africa) region, the history of colonialism and its aftermath in North Africa, socio-political and economic roots of popular uprisings in the Arab world, and political Islam

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ARLA 8210 - Intro to Intermediate Arabic I      

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8214 - Arabic Speaking Countries I      

This course will be a study of the basic information related to the Arab world and Middle East. The course focuses on enhancing abilities to communicate personal meaning effectively and satisfy personal needs and social demands to survive in an Arabic-speaking environment. Students acquire the ability to describe fluently themselves, their homes, towns, countries, provide and request basic information, and talk about their daily activities, jobs, education, interests and personal preferences, as well as physical and social needs, such as food, shopping, travel and lodging.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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ARLA 8228 - SurvivlLangSklsArabicCountries      

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8234 - Arabic Speaking Countries II      

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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ARLA 8242 - ArabicSpeakingCountriesInDepth      

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8251 - Religion/EthnicGroups-ArabWrld      

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8252 - Arabic Media      

Arabic Media is a course that is designed for students at the intermediate level. It introduces the language of print, internet, TV news media to students of Arabic and provides them with the basic skills and vocabulary required for understanding the language of newspapers, magazines, television, and internet news. It will cover a wide range of topics such as business, politics, current events, society, culture, and environment.

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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ARLA 8353 - Changes in the MENA Region      

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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Miyuki Takeuchi

First Name
Miyuki
Last Name
Takeuchi
Miyuki Takeuchi
Job Title
Adjunct
Location
McCone Cubicle M
Phone
831-647-4185
Language(s)
日本語

I am passionate about knowing how people develop language proficiency. 

I enjoy teaching not only Japanese language but the content areas related to Japan and people there. It is very interesting to discuss various issues in Japan with students from various cultures and countries at MIIS. It enables me to see my own country from broader perspectives. 

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Second language acquisition (I am particularly interested in the pragmatic and grammatical development among learners of Japanese.)

Foreign language pedagogy

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JALA 8230 - Intermediate Japanese      

Summer 2012 Language Programs

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JALA 8260 - Intermediate Japanese      

Summer 2012 Language Programs

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JALA 8300 - Advanced Japanese      

Summer 2012 Language Programs

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JALA 8301 - Advanced Japanese      

Summer 2012 Language Programs

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JALA 8312 - Japanese Society & Culture      

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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JALA 8341 - Aspects of Japanese Society      

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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JALA 8343 - Current Pol/Soc Issues Japan      

This is a Japanese language course for students at the intermediate level and above. The goal of the course is to further enhance the students’ language proficiency in the four communication skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) through studying current social/political issues in Japan. While aiming to enhancing the communication skills holistically, particular emphasis is placed on reading of authentic materials, such as newspaper, online news articles, magazine, and speech manuscript. Activities will include reading of authentic materials that are both assigned by the instructor and chosen by students, having discussion about the topics, studying of intermediate-advanced grammar/vocabulary/kanji necessary to understand the authentic reading materials, writing summary and opinions, presenting group work to the class, and discussing language learning strategies that you could use for such activities.

Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS

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JALA 8349 - Current News in Japan      

This is an intermediate (3rd-year college level) Japanese course designed to further develop oral and written communication skills through discussion on the current news in Japan. Students will watch the natural speed news, summarize and present the content in their own words, write their opinions/views on the issues, etc. The authentic NHK news will be utilized for materials as well as web-based news program, along with some newspaper/magazine articles for supplementary reading.

Fall 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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JALA 8375 - GlobalizatnInContemporaryJapan      

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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JALA 8391 - ContempTexts:PolBusIntlAffairs      

This course is for advanced Japanese readers focusing on further developing reading and communication skills by using authentic and current publications. The primary objective is to help students develop reading proficiencies in Japanese at the advanced level in the subject matter, such as international relations, economic affairs, energy and the environment, domestic politics social issues and defense and security issues. Some reading strategies will be introduced as well as advanced grammar/structural review. The students are assumed to know some basic terminology related to those subjects and have a solid foundation in Japanese grammar.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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JALA 8494 - IndvidualizdProjectsInJapanese      

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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Recent Accomplishments

Completion of my PhD dissertation (2014)

Presentation of my research on the acquisition of subject referential forms among learners of Japanese at SLRF (Second Language Research Forum, 2013) and ASPAC (Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast, 2013) conferences.

Previous Work

My career as an instructor of Japanese started at Indiana University, where I obtained MA and PhD degrees. Before the current engagement at MIIS, I taught Japanese at Santa Clara University.

Education

PhD in Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington

MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington

BA in English and American at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies

Bibliography

Takeuchi, M. (2014).  Subject referential expressions and encoding of referential status in L2 narrative discourse by L1-English learners of Japanese. Doctoral Dissertation, Indiana University.

Takeuchi, M. (2010).  The Perception of Geminate Stops by L1 English Learners of Japanese.  Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online, Vol. 10.

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María Jesús Iglesias-Barca

First Name
María Jesús
Last Name
Iglesias-Barca
maria-jesus-iglesias-barca
Job Title
Lecturer
Location
McCone Building 125
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone
831.647.3562
Language(s)
Español

Maria Jesus Iglesias Barca is currently an Instructor in the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education (GSTILE). She is also a Spanish Instructor for the Custom Language Services (CLS). Before coming to the Institute, she taught Spanish at All Saints’ Day Middle School, International School of Monterey (5th ­to 8th grades), and Santa Catalina Lower, Middle, and Upper School. Prior to coming to Monterey, she was a Lecturer of Spanish at Pennsylvania State University for five years.

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SPLA 8216 - Latin America & Its People      

Fall 2012 - MIIS

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SPLA 8291 - EvolvngSoc-HispanicCountries      

Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS

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SPLA 8292 - Topics in the HispanicWorld II      

Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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SPLA 8310 - Hispanic Language & Culture I      

Covers Spanish grammatical structures and idioms, combining oral practice and a systematic study of vocabulary. Expression of ideas on discussion topics related to contemporary trends, current events and everyday life.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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SPLA 8320 - Contemp Language & Culture II      

Continuation of Language and Culture I, review of structures, idiomatic expressions, and features of Hispanic cultures of several regions and countries. Written exercises, frequent oral reports, discussions of current issues from authentic sources.

Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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SPLA 8350 - ContmprarySoclPolMvmntsLatinAm      

Spring 2012 - MIIS

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SPLA 8384 - Culture & Conflict in Latin Am      

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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SPLA 8443 - IntrnetMediaConflct:HspncCntry      

This course is designed to explore the profound influence of the Internet and the media on our political and financial views and perspectives; how conflicts arise due to misinformation and emotion evoked by the media. It also focuses on why the rise of the Internet - due to its immediate availability - speeds up the conflict process, and how governmental censorship controls people’s perspectives. It examines the broad range of activities associated with the globalization of media production, distribution and reception. The course seeks to raise communicative and cultural competence by providing students with fundamental concepts on the Internet, Media, and Conflict in the Hispanic World.

Fall 2012 - MIIS

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Expertise

Spanish grammar and composition, Spanish advanced conversation

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Education

Licentiate degree

MA, Theoretical Linguistics, Reading University, United Kingdom

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Rana Issa

First Name
Rana
Last Name
Issa
Rana Issa
Job Title
Lecturer
Location
McCone Building 235
Phone
831.647.4601

Rana Issa is specialized in teaching Arabic language and culture and teaches courses such as Arabic, Arabic Speaking Countries, and Media in the Arabic World. She has extensive experience coordinating language programs, translating documents, and working in a professional Arabic-speaking environment.

Rana has received the Commandant Coin of Excellence for superior dedication to teaching and curriculum development in the Defense Language Institute.

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ARLA 8214 - Arabic Speaking Countries I      

This course will be a study of the basic information related to the Arab world and Middle East. The course focuses on enhancing abilities to communicate personal meaning effectively and satisfy personal needs and social demands to survive in an Arabic-speaking environment. Students acquire the ability to describe fluently themselves, their homes, towns, countries, provide and request basic information, and talk about their daily activities, jobs, education, interests and personal preferences, as well as physical and social needs, such as food, shopping, travel and lodging.

Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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ARLA 8231 - Exploring the Arab World I      

This course will be a study of the basic information needed to explore the different regions and cultures that exist in the Arab world and the Middle East. The course will focus on enhancing students’ skills and abilities in using the Arabic language to be able to survive in the Arab World.

Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8234 - Arabic Speaking Countries II      

Spring 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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ARLA 8251 - Religion/EthnicGroups-ArabWrld      

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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ARLA 8252 - Arabic Media      

Arabic Media is a course that is designed for students at the intermediate level. It introduces the language of print, internet, TV news media to students of Arabic and provides them with the basic skills and vocabulary required for understanding the language of newspapers, magazines, television, and internet news. It will cover a wide range of topics such as business, politics, current events, society, culture, and environment.

Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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ARLA 8256 - Arabic Speaking Countries III      

Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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ARLA 8281 - Media in the Arab World      

Fall 2011 - MIIS

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ARLA 8288 - The Levantine Culture(s)      

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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ARLA 8300 - Advanced Arabic I      

Summer 2012 Language Programs

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ARLA 8301 - Advanced Arabic I      

Summer 2012 Language Programs

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ARLA 8310 - The Arab Spring      

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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ARLA 8312 - Events in the Arab World      

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8333 - Arabic Media II      

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA 8490 - IntrcltrlCmptnc4PersnlProfnlDv      

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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ICCO 9490 - IntrcltrCmptnc4PersnlProfDvARB      

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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Expertise

Arabic language, Arabic culture

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Education

MA, Teaching Foreign Languages (Arabic), Monterey Institute of International Studies, May 2011 Candidate

BA, Business Administration, University of Balamand, Elkoura, Lebanon

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